FOREWORD: In 1830, two Baptist families met in a home in Quincy, Illinois for prayer and the reading of the Bible. These people initiated the Baptist witness for Christ that has continued in this city for more than one hundred fifty years. It has survived wars, a tornado, fire, and in the early years, unavoidable dissension over slavery.
From the early Baptist witness, these churches developed: the German Baptist, the Vermont Street Baptist, the Immanuel Baptist, the Bible Baptist, the Calvary Baptist, and the Grandview Baptist. From these, other churches have been established. One of the great achievements of the Spirit of God was the union in 1916 of the First Baptist and the Vermont Street Baptist churches to form the Central Baptist Church.
As we examine our roots, may we be encouraged by God’s faithfulness to us to do His Kingdom’s work in our day.
- History of Early Baptists in Quincy, IL
- History of First Baptist Church
- History of Vermont Street Baptist Church
- History of Forming Central Baptist Church
- History of Central Baptist Church 1834-1973
Today, Central is the only Baptist Church in Quincy that can trace its history in a direct line from the year 1835. Its members, numbering in the hundreds, rejoice in two worship services each Sunday – Traditional service begins at 8:30 am and our Contemporary service begins at 11:00 am – a growing Sunday school and midweek Bible studies. Members come from a wide background, both geographically, ethnically, and spiritually, seeking authentic relationships in a welcoming atmosphere in the name of Jesus Christ.